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Cinque Terre & Portofino

About This Walk

About sixty miles east of Genoa lies a corner of the Liguria region with a remarkably well-preserved landscape steeped in tradition. ‘Cinque Terre’ means five lands; villages which are nestled high on cliffs or along deep inaccessible coves, with colourful houses facing the seafront. Each village offers its own olive oils, anchovies and Sciacchetrà liqueur (known as the ‘Elixir of the Gods’). By day, you discover the beautiful peninsulas of Portofino and Sestri Levante using well-marked walking trails; in the evening enjoy the sunsets over the Mediterranean.


  • Coastal and countryside walking amongst olive groves and vineyards
  • The chic town of Portofino
  • Boat trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Palmaria Island
  • The serene village of Sestri Levante
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Dublin to Italy
7 nights
€955 pp

Day 1: Start Sestri Levante

Make your way to Sestri Levante. Your hotel, the Sole e Luna, is positioned in an excellent location a stones throw from the beach and 5 minutes walk from the centre of town.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2:

Enjoy a walk in the heart of the Cinque Terre National Park, taking in the towns of Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso; return by train

The walk today really allows you to explore the National Park of the Cinque Terre. Starting from Monterosso you walk along the olive groves with panoramic views out to the sea. Your path continues gently towards Vernazza and Corniglia, today’s destinations. Return by train.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3:

Transfer to La Spezia; vaporetto to Palmaria Island. In the afternoon visit the pretty town of Portovenere before taking a train or bus back

After a train to La Spezia (40 mins) you take a boat (vaporetto) to Palmaria island; which is rich in Mediterranean vegetation. Depending on the season in which you travel you can see cistus and rare orchids blooming, and enjoy the beautiful coastal views. In the afternoon take a boat to the mediaeval town of Portovenere, and visit the churches of San Pietro and San Lorenzo, and the Byron Grotto. Return to La Spezia by boat or bus, and then back to Sestri Levante by train.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4:

Cinque Terre Park: Corniglia to Manarola.

This morning take a train transfer from Sestri Levante to Corniglia and from here, once you’ve reached the city centre you can start your walk along the Cinque Terre coast. Along the way you get the chance to experience the local vegetation and species such as rosemary, thyme and lavender. After you’ve reached the sanctuary in Volastra you can have your lunch here or in Manarola, your next destination. From Manarola either take the train back to Sestri Levante or stop off in Riomaggiore, the starting point of the following day.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5:

Walk along the panoramic coastal path from Riomaggiore to Portovenere; return by train or bus

Today you take a train to Riomaggiore where you will start your trek to Portovenere. This panoramic path really allows you to admire the beautiful coastline and tempting colours of the sea! From Portovenere, return by boat to Monterosso, or by bus to La Spezia and then by train.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6:

Transfer to Ruta di Camogli to start your walk across the park of Portofino, with plenty of time to enjoy the town before taking a train back

After breakfast take a train to Camogli, and then a bus on to Ruta di Camogli where the trek starts across the Park of Portofino: Paradiso – Pietre Strette – San Fruttuoso. The path is surrounded by holm oak, mixed wood, and the Mediterranean bush. Stop at the ancient Abbey in San Fruttuoso. Once you are done exploring, continue on to Santa Margherita Ligure before taking a train back to Sestri Levante.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Departure

End Sestri Levante

Make your own way back to the airport, or add on additional nights in Pisa if you wish.

Meals included: Breakfast

Our price of from €955 per person departing 20th Jul (Flights Extra)

  • 6 nights hotel, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days centre based walking
  • Moderate walking on a variety of paths
  • Low altitude throughout
  • Self-guided trip. Minimum age 10 years
  • All breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • Route notes and maps


Not Included:

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (on request)
  • Supplement for single traveller

Sole e Luna

You will spend 6 nights in the charming, family-run B&B Sole e Luna. This cosy hotel is located a stones throw from the sea and is 5 minutes walking distance from the train station. All rooms are en suite and some rooms have a balcony. There is a beach right outside the hotel where you can swim.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration.
For a solo traveller there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs.

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